Our Australian Labradoodles
Only Breeder of the The Australian Labradoodle Breed in Canada | Big Rock
Labradoodle | Alberta | Kelowna | US
This page will guide you through what you can expect of our Wonderful Woofies here at Big Rock Labradoodles.
Our Australian Labradoodles make a wonderful first-time pet, family dog or even a great dog for those with plenty of experience. They are very clever, intuitive, social, happy creatures who aim to please. They are very energetic when free to romp and play, but have a lovely, quiet, calm demeanour when it's time to chill with the family. Our puppies are wonderful with children and because they are so intelligent, trainable non-aggressive and intuitive, they can make wonderful therapy dogs. They are athletic and graceful with a non-shedding, easy to manage coat.
While Labradoodles come in different sizes (mini-medium-standard), at Big Rock Labradoodles, we specialize in breeding the true Standard Australian Labradoodle. We do have some litters that will produce large-mediums (40 lbs), but most of our litters are Standards (50-70 lbs, depending on the parents). Our Doodles are well built compact dogs, that are athletic, yet graceful, and always appearing to be happy. Our puppy's coats are non-shedding.
Here at Big Rock Labradoodles, we produce some wool, but most of our pups will have either wavy, curly or spiral fleece coats that are very low/non-shedding and allergy-friendly. Here are some examples:
The average life expectancy of a well-bred Australian Labradoodle is 12-14 years.
The Big Rock Advantage
At Big Rock Labradoodles, a natural rearing and holistic dog breeder, the average is not good enough! We subscribe to better breeding practices and the use of atypical puppy rearing strategies that will very likely allow our puppies to live longer, healthier and happier lives than others of their breed.
We do not line breed or inbreed for any reason
Our breeding dogs are under a minimal vaccine protocol
Our breeding dogs are titered for immunity, rather than blindly giving boosters for vaccines
Our breeding dogs and puppies are fed a balanced raw diet which includes natural and whole food supplements
Our breeding dogs are never given toxic chemical flea & tick medications (known carcinogens)
We do not x-ray our expectant mothers, therefore not exposing our unborn puppies to unnecessary radiation
We do not subject our puppies to a gonadectomy thereby preserving their sex hormones to ensure proper development, both mentally and physically while dramatically reducing various cancer risks inherent with early spay/neuter
We continually upgrade our training and knowledge base by researching and attending a variety of reproduction and puppy rearing conferences throughout North America in order to provide the best care to our dogs and pups and provide the best information possible to our puppy families.
We provide our puppy families with a plethora of information on raising their Wonderful Woofie the natural way so that you can be sure that your new family member is going to live their best possible life, for as long as possible!
Australian Labradoodles are a moderate energy dog. They do require daily exercise and stimulation, including long daily walks and socialization.
In the 1980's, The Guide Dog Association implemented a breeding and research program for an allergy-friendly Guide dog. This was the start to the Australian, multi-generation Labradoodle as we know it today. This Australian Labradoodle started out as a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Dogs from the Australian cross were bred to each other for several generations, to create what is also known as "multi-generation" Labradoodles. The Australian Labradoodle has been developed over near decades. The founders of the Australian Labradoodle, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor infused several other breeds into the early generation lines of their Labrador Retriever / Poodle crosses, to achieve the consistency in temperament and coat that we have today. The infused breeds include the Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever as well as the American and English Cocker Spaniel. Dogs from these infusions have been bred together to continue the Australian, multi-generation lines. The Australian Labradoodle is much more likely to be low to non-shedding and allergy-friendly than other types of Labradoodles, such as the first generation Labrador Retriever / Poodle crosses, or first-generation crosses bred back to Poodles. Even when the Labrador Retriever / Poodle crosses are bred for several generations, the result is not an Australian Labradoodle, as the other foundation breeds are not there to enhance their basic qualities. The true Australian Labradoodle is the result of six or more successful generations of careful breeding. The result is a healthy, well-tempered dog with a non-shedding allergy-friendly coat.
Hypo-allergenic is a term that gets thrown around and really has no meaning. I prefer the term "Allergy Friendly". Allergy-friendly means that many people with mild allergies will not have reactions to the dander or the coat of the Australian Labradoodle. There are; however, a percentage of the population that do have allergies to Australian Labradoodles and they are most likely allergic to dog saliva, and will generally react to any breed of dog, shedding or not. If you have severe dog allergies, please exercise caution. Go to the dog parks, ask people with multi-generational Australian Labradoodles if you could pet them, and smell them (really get a good dose of any potential allergens) to gauge your reaction. No one wins if we place a puppy into a home who later needs to be returned due to allergies.